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By Helena Buffery, Carlota Caulfield

This richly illustrated quantity brings jointly clean insights into the altering city house of Barcelona from the start of the 20 th century to the current day. the gathering focuses totally on the complex dating among setting, id, and function as they have been noticeable, explored, and portrayed by means of countercultural and avant-garde artists and groups from the Sixties to this present day. Drawing an important hyperlinks among thought and perform, aesthetics and environment—and paying specific recognition to the function of the avant-garde in not easy and disrupting dominant artwork kinds and makes use of of city space—Barcelona offers numerous views and techniques, drawing on paintings historical past, cultural geography, functionality reports, and institutional critique.

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This event, I will argue, opens an instructive view onto the ways in which surrealism was presented and received in Catalonia, and prepares the ground for critical reflection on the cultural and sexual politics of orthodox surrealism. The most obvious point to make about Breton’s text is that it was written and given in French. Indeed, in his preamble Breton offers a candid admission about his knowledge of Spain: ‘nous sommes à Barcelone, et mon ignorance parfaite de la culture espagnole, du désir espagnol, une église en construction qui ne me déplaît pas si j’oublie que c’est une église,3 votre climat, les femmes que je rencontre dans la rue, ces femmes qui me sont si délicieusement étrangères, déconcertent un peu mon audace’ (Breton, 1988, p.

Originating in Paris, with the Huelva-born painter Manuel Duque (1919–98), it involved the practice of intuitive painting – close to calligraphy but, above all, what we would call performance action today. The painter Antoni Angle (1924–) was in Paris at the same time, and returned with Duque in 1960 to Sabadell, which is where Gallot was formed. Sabadell’s Academy of Fine Arts had a Salon of Contemporary Art that exhibited works by Tàpies, Hernández Pijuán and the Gallots, including Angle, Llorenç Balsach (1953–), Josep Llorens (1892–1980) and Alfons Borrell (1931–).

Position: 8 / Date: 2/5 JOBNAME: Barcelona PAGE: 11 SESS: 12 OUTPUT: Tue May 15 14:14:06 2012 Breaking Boundaries: A Journey through the Catalan Avant-Garde 19 1988, pp. 22, 250). Many of these figures have been reclaimed in more recent exhibitions that have sought to extend the remit of Catalan surrealism beyond its most emblematic figures internationally: Miró and Dalí (Cirici, 1975; Santos Torroella, 1977; Malet, 1988; Parcerisas, 2009). However, it is perhaps the relatively forgotten figure of Cristòfol who had the most lasting impact on the development of Catalan visual poetry, in his relationship with Viladot, explored later in chapter 3.

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